The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale blasts the government and calls for an investigation into last week’s blunder which resulted in 3 foreign crew members from an incoming yacht, freely wandering ashore on arrival.
It was reported on Sunday that 3 foreign crew members of a New Caledonia yacht, were quickly dealt with after the management of the Yacht club alerted authorities, and that in the end, they were tested negative.
The Opposition Leader says while the threat may have been handled well, the incident clearly exposes serious loop holes in our preparedness vessel monitoring plan.
He points out that the incident begs the questions, where the responsible authorities were and what happened to the 14 day quarantine restriction.
“Do we even have a red flag monitoring system for incoming foreign vessels on arrival?” Hon. Wale further questioned.
The Opposition Leader adds that regardless of whether the crew were carriers of the virus or not, the bottom line is, the incident called into question the effectiveness of our preparedness plans to monitor and contain vessels, cargo and crew on arrival.
“From the reports, it seems, everything that was glorified was after the fact. How can people have confidence in a system that is reactionary?”
“I therefore call on the government to investigate this incident and to deal with those responsible for the blunder.
“If the government thinks it is important to prosecute members of the public who breach restrictions, it must do the same also for officials who blatantly fail their duties to protect the public at our borders,” Hon. Wale further added.